If you saw the 2016 TV thriller ‘The Night Manager’ you’ll have had a glimpse of Sadrassana. This Palma restaurant, in a 19th-century Mallorcan manor house, played the role of a discreet Madrid eatery. Regular diners would have recognized the distinctive décor.
Palma interior design and art projects company am29 created the look, including luxurious different-coloured fabric wall coverings, vintage furniture and wall mirrors, and impressive glittering chandeliers. The place is a film location scout’s dream.
The upper floor houses the Galeria Horrach Moya (the owners’ other art gallery is in C/ Catalunya), but Sadrassana is not a restaurant with a gallery but, rather, a gallery with a restaurant and cocktail bar. The family behind HM Hotels owns it, and Joan Horrach Torres is the manager.
Sadrassana opened in 2013, with space for around 80 diners. Although visitors from cooler climes will appreciate dining al fresco on the Plaça Drassanes terrace, we recommend eating indoors for the appealing ambience.
The restaurant serves dinner only, offering an à la carte menu of tapas, traditional Mallorcan ‘cocas’, soups, salads, rice dishes, fish, meats, and desserts. We began with a crispy-based ‘coca’ topped with sobrasada, goat cheese, rocket, and a raisin, pine nut, and honey vinaigrette. If you’ve never tried sobrasada, it’s a tasty introduction. A cold tomato and ginger ‘nectar’ concealed a plump lime-marinated scallop. Cala Sant Vicenç was the origin of a recipe combining succulent turbot fillet with three textures of fennel – an excellent way to prepare this vegetable.
‘Nit de foc de Sant Antoni’ (named after the Mallorcan January fiesta) was the revelation dish: rosemary-smoked beef sirloin grilled over hot coals, served with separate white and purple potato. As the cloche was lifted from the plate, we gasped with pleasure at the tantalizing aroma.
Spanish and Mallorcan wines are on the list, along with helpful tasting notes to help choice. Some are available by the glass. Bar drinks include cocktails and a choice of more than 20 gins for G&T fans.
Dinner here makes it obvious why Spanish gastronomic guide ‘Guía Repsol’ awarded Sadrassana a Sol Repsol in 2015 and 2016: Chef Edgar Jiménez’s Mallorcan cuisine is excellent, and the service is slick, but friendly. If you come for dinner, do check out the art. If you come for the art, we’d recommend staying for dinner.
Sadrassana is open daily from 18:30-01:00h; in winter it closes on Mondays.